Falcons’ Anderson Still Holding Out
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ A personal plea from coach Dan Reeves wasn’t enough to end Jamal Anderson’s holdout.
Reeves reached Anderson by telephone Saturday at his home in Salt Lake City, where the Pro Bowl running back has remained during the first week of training camp while haggling with the Atlanta Falcons over a new contract.
Anderson, set to make $2.6 million in the final year of his deal, is seeking a five-year contract with an $8 million signing bonus. The Falcons have offered a $7 million bonus and at least $1 million less in guaranteed money over the life of the contract.
``I told him why we felt the way we did as far as our offer was concerned and tried to understand where he’s coming from,″ Reeves said. ``It was just a conversation to touch base and see if something could be done to get him here.″
Apparently not. Anderson wasn’t on hand for Tuesday’s two workouts and is now facing at least $30,000 in fines _ the maximum $5,000 per day _ even if he reports by Wednesday.
``He said he would get here when it’s 85,″ Reeves said. ``I wasn’t sure if he was talking about $85 million or 85 degrees.″
General manager Harold Richardson, who has handled negotiations for the Falcons, has had only one conversation with Anderson’s agent since Friday, when California-based Jim Sims departed on a two-week vacation to Europe.